Pronunciation : Trazodone is pronounced as: TRAZ oh done
Type: OTC / Prescription : Trazodone is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Trazodone is a tetra cyclic anti depressant drug.
Trazodone is used to treat depression.
Trazodone is also used to treat insomnia, schizophrenia and anxiety.
Use trazodone as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take the drug in more or less amounts.
Trazodone should be taken with meals or snacks.
Use of trazodone should not be stopped suddenly, as this may worsen your condition. If you want to discontinue it, start by slowly reducing your dosage. However, it is best to consult your doctor before you stop taking this medication. At times it is advised to continue with the medication even if you feel well.
Trazodone takes a few weeks to take full affect. In order to improve your condition, use the drug as long as directed by the physician.
Safety and effectiveness of trazodone is not established in children.
Caution is advised as older people are more sensitive to adverse effects of trazodone.
Trazodone belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that trazodone may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
It is not known whether trazodone passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take trazodone with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
Common side effects of trazodone include:
Store trazodone at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Trazodone can cause impaired thinking, trouble sleeping, anxiety and panic attacks. Therefore, the drug is used under strict medical supervision.
Trazodone is used for treating depression. However, in younger adults below 24 years of age, the drug may cause severe side effects like mental / mood changes, suicidal tendency and increased depression. Therefore, trazodone is not recommended for people who are below 24 years of age.
Consult your doctor frequently during the first few weeks of treatment in order to check the changes in your behavior during the treatment.
Trazodone works best if it is taken after a meal or snack.
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